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California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, 1891-1951 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Neil Medeiros, Jennie Labor, and Jennifer L. Martinez

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Collection Overview

Title: California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, 1891-1951Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1900-1939

Extent: 56.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in ascending numerical case number order.  These numbers were retained from the internal filing system of the San Diego County Law Library.

Subjects: California. Court of Appeal. Appellate District, 4th. Division 1--Archives, California. Supreme Court--Archives, Justice, Administration of--California--Imperial County--Sources, Justice, Administration of--California--San Diego County--Sources, Justice, Administration of--California--Sources, Legal briefs--California, Legal briefs--California--Imperial County, Legal briefs--California--San Diego County

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of California Supreme Court and San Diego Appellate Court documents from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The documents include filings of court transcripts, the opening briefs of appellants and respondents, as well as reply briefs.  The court cases housed in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including bankruptcy, corporations, criminal law, divorce, drunk driving, labor, probate law, railroads, automobile accidents, mining and water.  There are also important cases dealing with the cities of Escondido, Coronado, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Pacific Beach, Spring Valley and National City.

Some important San Diegans that appear in the court documents are Ed Fletcher, Katherine Tingley, John D. Spreckels, H.H. Timken, Julius Wangenheim, Cave J. Couts, Fred Sutherland, Henry Schumann-Heink, Samuel T. Black and F.T. Scripps.

There are some cases of historical significance which illustrate the growth and development of San Diego in the early twentieth century.  For example, there are three cases related to the appropriation of Pueblo lands toward the creation of Balboa Park (Case numbers 7742, 9275, 10246).  In addition to these, a number of cases related to railroad companies (including the San Diego Electric Railway Company) and water and utility companies illustrate the transportation needs and infrastructure demands as the city and county of San Diego continued to grow.  Of these, two extensive court cases in the collection, The City of San Diego vs. The Cuyamaca Water Company (18417) and Rancho Santa Margarita vs.Margaret R. Vail, N.R. Vail, Mary Vail Wilkinson, Mahlon Vail, Wm. Banning Vail…as Trustees of Said Vail Company (26063) are particularly good examples which demonstrate the struggle for land and water rights in Southern California.

The collection also contains cases which demonstrate social conditions and struggles of the era, including the admission of Native Americans into the Pauma School District (Case number 4396), and the effects of the Alien Land Act on Japanese (23164).  Other cases provide evidence of Chinese agricultural labor in the Escondido area (15267) and the issues associated with squatters on Native American lands (17735).

A number of San Diego area corporations and businesses are also represented in the collection. These cases can be helpful to any researcher examining the economic growth of the region through bankruptcy, consolidations and mergers, embezzlement, taxes, and labor relations.  A variety of different banks and insurance companies are represented, as well as the Van Camp Sea Food Company, Yellow Cab Company, Spreckels Commercial Company, Standard Oil Company, and the Coronado Beach Company.

While most of the cases represented in the collection are civil suits, there are some criminal cases as well.  These include drunk driving (Case number 21230), arson (18860), and medical malpractice (26320).  There are also three cases dealing explicitly with sex crimes, including child molestation (23444), statutory rape (23445), and the prosecution of homosexual men in the military (25174).

There are two sets of card indices located at the end of the collection in Boxes 44 & 45.  These cards list cases both topically and by plaintiff name.  Some of these cards are cross-referenced, so if you wanted to look up a case regarding a water corporation, it may be found under the headings for "water" and "corporations."

Subject/Index Terms

California. Court of Appeal. Appellate District, 4th. Division 1--Archives
California. Supreme Court--Archives
Justice, Administration of--California--Imperial County--Sources
Justice, Administration of--California--San Diego County--Sources
Justice, Administration of--California--Sources
Legal briefs--California
Legal briefs--California--Imperial County
Legal briefs--California--San Diego County

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: late 1970s

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: San Diego County Law Library

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number,California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 28808 [L.A. 16299] [4th Civ. 2027], July 1937-June 1938Add to your cart.
Douglas L. Edmonds, as Administrator de bonis non, with the Will annexed of the Estate of John W. Mitchell, Deceased vs. The First National Trust and Savings Bank of San Diego, a national banking association
Index Terms: Corporations; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 2: 28809 [4th Civ. 2039], July 1937-September 1938Add to your cart.
Daisy L. Worcester vs. Theatrical Enterprises Corporation, a corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 3: 28810 [4th Civ. 2023], July 1937Add to your cart.
Everard C. Frost, Berth L. Frost, Guy O. Castle and Lillian Castle vs. Pete Mighetto; Pio Mighetto, also known as P. Mighetto; William D. Emerick; P. Mighetto Winery Co.; John Doe, mary Doe, and John Doe Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 4: 28830 [4th Civ. 2036], July 1937-December 1937Add to your cart.
Helping Hand Home for Children, a non-profit corporation vs. County of San Diego, a political subdivision of the State of California, Edgar Hastings, Leroy T. Richards, Ray Trussell, B.A. Sweet and Harvey Hicks, all as members of the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego and Thomas Whelan, District Attorney for the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Corporations; San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 5: 28875 [4th Civ. 2023, 2733], August 1937-March 1943Add to your cart.
P.A. Sparks vs. The Board of Dental Examiners of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 6: 28875 [4th Civ. 2023, 2733], August 1937-March 1943Add to your cart.
P.A. Sparks vs. The Board of Dental Examiners of the State of California
Index Terms: c
Folder 7: 28875 [4th Civ. 2023, 2733], August 1937-March 1943Add to your cart.
P.A. Sparks vs. The Board of Dental Examiners of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 8: 28877 [4th Crim. 424], August 1937-January 1938Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Russell O. Jackson and Frank A. Scott
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 9: 28877 [4th Crim. 424], August 1937-January 1938Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Russell O. Jackson and Frank A. Scott
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 10: 28877 [4th Crim. 424], August 1937-January 1938Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Russell O. Jackson and Frank A. Scott
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 11: 28891 [L.A. 16411], August 1937-September 1937Add to your cart.
Mark Morris vs. Otto Rickmeyer
Index Terms: Debts; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 12: 29006 [4th Civ. 2051, 2052], October 1937-December 1938Add to your cart.
C.W. Jacques vs. Standard Oil Company of California, a corporation; and Joe Putnam
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 13: 29006 [4th Civ. 2051, 2052], October 1937-December 1938Add to your cart.
C.W. Jacques vs. Standard Oil Company of California, a corporation; and Joe Putnam
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 14: 29075 [L.A. 16500], November 1937Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Wesley S. Campbell
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 15: 29084 [L.A. 16549, 17120], [4th Civ. 2081, 2353], August 1937-JUly 1939Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Joseph C. Mallon, also known as J.C. Mallon, decreased. Mary A. Mallon vs. Mary Knoll Missionary Society and Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association, Administrator with the Will Annexed
Index Terms: Corporations; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 16: 29084 [L.A. 16549, 17120], [4th Civ. 2081, 2353], August 1937-JUly 1939Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Joseph C. Mallon, also known as J.C. Mallon, decreased. Mary A. Mallon vs. Mary Knoll Missionary Society and Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association, Administrator with the Will Annexed
Index Terms: Corporations; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 17: 29112 [4th Civ. 2054], November 1937-July 1938Add to your cart.
Doris Linnea Erickson vs. Eldon Lee Vogt
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 18: 29118 [4th Civ. 2057], November 1937-September 1938Add to your cart.
Alma Jolley and Dora Jolley vs. Wallace Clemens
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 19: 29118 [4th Civ. 2057], November 1937-September 1938Add to your cart.
Alma Jolley and Dora Jolley vs. Wallace Clemens
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 20: 29197 [4th Civ. 2053], January 1938Add to your cart.
Union Trust Co. of San Diego vs. Superior Court in and for County of San Diego, et al.
Folder 21: 29203 [4th  Civ. 2061], December 1937-February 1938Add to your cart.
Louise M. Perna vs. Bank of America national Trust and Savings Association, a national banking corporation, as successor to Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, a national banking corporation and Transamerica Corporation, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 22: 29239 [L.A. 16631, 17747], [4th Civ. 2063, 2061], [1st Civ. 11895], January 1938-April 1942Add to your cart.
C. Leon de Aryan vs. Roy O. Akers
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 23: 29239 [L.A. 16631, 17747], [4th Civ. 2063, 2061], [1st Civ. 11895], January 1938-April 1942Add to your cart.
C. Leon de Aryan vs. Roy O. Akers
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 24: 29241 [L.A. 16299], January 1938Add to your cart.
The First National Bank of San Diego, a national banking association vs. Douglas L. Edmonds, as administrator de bonis non, with the will annexed of the Estate of John W. Mitchell, Deceased
Index Terms: Corporations; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 25: 29252 [4th Civ. 2059], January 1938-July 1939Add to your cart.
Josephine Margellini vs. Pacific Automobile Insurance Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance
Folder 26: 29252 [4th Civ. 2059], January 1938-July 1939Add to your cart.
Josephine Margellini vs. Pacific Automobile Insurance Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance

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